How could our body be making healthy proteins at so low a level?
Bones, for example, are made up mostly of complex molecules. One example of the formation of a complex structure is the repair of damage to our bones as they wear down. These compounds are typically in the form of amino acids, one of the molecules used in protein synthesis. That is how the protein machinery of our body creates our strength, stamina, and endurance. The body makes these molecules from amino acids that have been co-committed to the structure of our bones. But what most of us are unaware of is that our body also makes the protein complexes that make up your muscles or tendons. In this case, the proteins are called glycolytic enzymes. The enzymes that combine carbohydrates to form pyruvate will be found in your muscle when you contract, and are also in your muscles and tendons when you work out hard. These things are formed when you work hard.
Now, the point to understand is that my muscles is a single complex molecule, because it has four different amino acids that are used to form its structure. Also, if there is a problem, the breakdown of a joint becomes much more difficult which lowers the amount of force you can produce on a joint or make an injury worse. Your body has evolved to make these same proteins for us.
The reason we can’t see them is because they are made in our muscle at a relatively primitive, high degree of complexity. You would have to actually eat more than half an hour for an hour of a full-body workout before you would see any sort of muscle activation. That type of work can actually lead to fatigue the next day.
But what about getting tired? I know there are lots of theories and a lot of people say that exercise can actually cause fatigue, but the studies I have read tell me that is not true. Many studies have been done on strength training in women with the idea that this training has to be used in combination with sleep to prevent fatigue. But even the same study that has shown that women with sleep-deprived diets can have better strength has showed the opposite effect for men. They can improve strength in the same way at the same time if they have a “sustained good quality morning bedtime.” But I’m not getting tired. In fact, I get really excited to go to the gym. Is this fatigue from increased muscle activation? Because you are making these compounds inside your muscles, can your body then make more of them? I doubt it. So I’m not going to give up on the idea that a good evening of sleep will give you enough extra energy to get yourself to work out. However, I know that if I do work out hard on the weekends, I am going to have to change some strategies to get myself to work out. I may need to start exercising more in the morning. To me, that is more important. I really don’t want to be on an inactive schedule all the time like I have been.
I know some people can get really tired. My husband is a veteran combat veteran and he can get very tired. In fact, I haven’t noticed him getting any tired at a session he has worked out for several years now, which I find a bit impressive. His training is much more rigorous as well as long. I do know, however, my husband is starting to get to the point where he can be fairly exhausted during certain activities, such as horseback riding or high mountaineering. He is still pushing himself and will continue that way for a while. Then he might get tired, but his goal is no longer to play the “tired” game.
But there are times when he might have some very low back pain that can be very bad, or even worse, when he is really tired, even when he isn’t tired at all. I wish that I could predict that it would be from the fatigue from training and going out. I want to have the idea that he is probably tired because he is already having some problems, not because he needs a cold shower or a nice night sleep.
The other thing to understand about exercise after age 60 is that most people want to get fit and healthy and take advantage of any physical activity that isn’t necessarily so physically taxing. However, there is a large population, including many retired people, that still require more than what they should be doing to remain in the middle and even low category of activity. That is, they just want to burn more calories on some activities. Now this is a group of people who are in a unique situation. They don’t have all the money that you or I have, or the access that we do to drugs. But my hunch is that they would be more apt to have a physical therapy appointment at their gynecologist to discuss what exercise they need for their health. Now there is still a fair bit of debate, but they do need to get an exercise prescription, not a low maintenance, high dose